Your brakes are very important to your car and your overall safety as a driver. The truth is, brake pads and brake rotors wear out with time and periodically need to be replaced. Brake fluid should also be regularly checked. The question is how often should they be replaced?
Factors to Consider
The timing can depend on your own driving habits as well as your environment. For instance, if you do a lot of driving in the city with stop-and-go traffic, your brakes will get worn out more quickly than if you aren't relying on them so much. Of course, if you live up in the hills and have to deal with steep/windy roads a lot, that will also put more strain on your brake pads and rotors.
As far as your own driving habits are concerned, that can change from individual to individual. Let's face it, some of us are harder on our brakes than others. Some people tend to stop abruptly or ride the brakes when driving. Others are more gentle and gradual in their braking. You can probably guess which style is going to cause more wear and tear.
Then, there are different materials used for brakes. This can change between vehicle manufactures and aftermarket parts available. If you buy cheaper brake pads during a replacement, they won't last as long as ones made with better materials. Whenever you have new brake pads or rotors installed, there should be some sort of warranty or recommended mileage for replacement. Take note of that.
How Long Brakes Pads & Rotors Last
Otherwise, depending on all these factors, the rate at which brake pads and brake rotors need to be changed will vary from vehicle to vehicle and driver to driver. Some may only last around 25,000 miles. Some may last up to 75,000. The general rule of thumb is around 50,000 miles.
Whenever you have your tires rotated or a general service inspection, make sure they check your brake fluid, brake pads and brake rotors. They can easily tell you when these components are due for replacement.
Obviously, if you hear significant screeching, squealing or squeeking every time you use your brakes, then it is worth having them checked out by a professional. Usually, it is just worn pads or rotors, but sometimes there can be bigger issues at play. At any sign of brake trouble, you should take your car into the shop because you do not want to have your brakes go out.
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To schedule a brake check or any other automotive maintenance, contact us at Bill's Quality Auto Care in Simi Valley. Schedule an appointment online or call (805) 387-9418. And, be sure to follow our weekly blog or on Facebook for more car care tips and auto repair information.